53 Secrets Pets Won’t Tell You
We asked animal behaviourists, nutritionists, veterinarians, and pet groomers to shed some light on what your furry friends would tell you if they could.
Secrets of pets #1:
Just because I’m purring doesn’t mean I’m happy.
Bet you didn’t know this secret of pets: I also purr when I’m in pain or mortally afraid because it’s a self-soothing mechanism.
Secrets of pets #2:
Remember when I was little and you shoved my nose in a puddle of pee I left? Let me fill you in on this common secret of pets: I have no idea why you did that. Instead, get me outside as quickly as possible and praise me whenever I pee outdoors.
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Secrets of pets #3:
Please introduce me around when I’m young so I’m not afraid of strangers. This pet secret is important to my socialization.
Some experts say I should meet meet 100 new people of different sizes, genders, and ethnicities in my first 100 days at home, even if it’s just a quick greeting. Make sure you include people wearing hats and sunglasses, since those accessories can look awfully scary to me.
Secrets of dogs #4:
Here’s another secret your dog won’t tell you: If you leave me in the backyard when you’re not home don’t fool yourself thinking that I’m going to run around and have fun. The truth is, I’m probably going to sit in one spot and wait for you to return. Dogs are den animals, and many of us prefer to be inside, ideally with you.
Secrets of pets #5:
It would be great if you could clue into this secret dog tip. You say I’m great with kids, but…
…if I’m licking, pulling my ears back, turning my head away, or yawning (all signs of anxiety) while they play with me, I’m probably just barely tolerating them. If you keep letting them pull my tail, one of these days, I might lose it.
Pet care tips #6:
What do you mean you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? It’s no secret dogs are smart, at any age.
My owner taught me to fetch the newspaper from the driveway and take it to him when I was ten.
Secrets of pets #7:
Bet you didn’t know this little dog secret. You think my tail wagging is always an invitation for you to pet me more. Wrong!
Italian researchers found that dogs wag their tails slightly to the right when they see something they like and to the left when they’re confronted with something they want to back away from.
Cat care tips #8:
Your favourite cat game to play with me involves a laser pointer. Here’s a tip your cat can’t tell you:
I get really frustrated because I can’t catch it, and I live for the hunt. So if you’re going to use a pointer, please sub in an actual toy at the end so I have something to catch and kill. It makes the game worth it.
Secrets of dogs #9:
Here’s a great tip for potential dog owners: When you’re choosing a new furry friend, ask a vet or trainer for simple tests you can do to gauge temperament.
For example, you can try rolling me over on my back to see how I handle it. If I really struggle, I’m probably going to be tougher to train than an animal who lies there placidly.
Pet care tips #10:
Your pet will certainly not want to tell you this secret! You’re giving me too much food.
How can you tell? I don’t seem motivated by food treats when you’re trying to train me. Cut back, and I’ll start to pay attention.
Pet care tips #11:
Do you think your pet is lazy? Here’s some animal advice: Don’t let me sleep all day, but too much nap time can affect my personality.
A lot of behavioural problems can be solved by just taking your dog on a daily walk or by playing with your cat for 20 minutes every day.
Pet care advice #12:
If your pet could talk, they’d say: Please don’t rush me when I’m going to the bathroom.
There’s a reason dogs circle around before getting down to business: We have an instinct to be aligned with the earth’s magnetic field before we poop. In fact, researchers watched 70 of us engage in 1,893 defecations over a two-year period just to figure this out.